Sugar Ray Leonard is a former professional boxer from America who is also an occasional actor and motivational speaker. Leonard is regarded as one of the greatest boxers ever. He has won several world titles from 1977 to 1997. He has won several accolades in his career and was a part of “The Fabulous Four”. Now let’s have a close look on Sugar Ray Leonard’s net worth in 2018.
Sugar Ray Leonard Early Life
Ray Charles Leonard, better known as “Sugar Ray Leonard” was born on May 17, 1956, in Wilmington, North Carolina to his parents Getha Leonard and Cicero Leonard.
He went to Parkdale High School and was a shy kid. He began his career as an amateur and won many accolades. In 1973, he became the National Golden Gloves Lightweight Champion. He is also the winner of National AAU Lightweight Championship and National Golden Gloves Championship.
In 1980, Sugar Ray Leonard got married to Juanita Wilkinson. The couple has two sons named Ray Jr., and Jarrell. They divorced in 1990. In 1993, he married Bernadette Robi. Leonard is Khloé Kardashian’s godfather.
He has served as the International Chairman of Walk for a Cure by Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He created the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation along with his wife Robi.
Sugar Ray Leonard Career, Awards & Achievement
Before turning professional, Sugar Ray Leonard was made the stockholder in the Sugar Ray Leonard, Inc. He made his professional debut in February 1977 against Luis “The Bull” Vega. He won the match in a unanimous decision.
In September 1978, he defeated seventeenth ranked Floyd Mayweather. He then went on to defeat Randy Shields. In August 1979, he became the NABF Welterweight Champion by securing a victory over Pete Ranzany. He successfully defended the title against Dave “Boy” Green.
In June 1980, he was involved in ‘The Brawl in Montreal’ against Roberto Durán. In a tight match, Durán was decided as the winner. In their rematch, Leonard made Durán quit. In 1981, he successfully defended his championship by securing a victory over Larry Bonds. Following that, he became the Unified World Welterweight Champion.
He defended his championship against Bruce Finch, in 1982. He retired temporarily from 1982 to 1983. He had his first knockdown in May 1984 by Kevin Howard. He then became the WBC Super Middleweight Champion. Leonard retired from professional boxing in 1998. He has a career record of 36-3-1.
Awards & Achievements
Sugar Ray Leonard has been named as Fighter of the Year on four occasions by the Boxing Writers Association of America. He was also named as the “Boxer of the Decade”. In 1981, he won the Sportsperson of the Year Award from Sports Illustrated. He has also won the Sugar Ray Robinson Awards and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997.
Net Worth of Sugar Ray Leonard
Sugar Ray Leonard has an estimated net worth of more than $120 million. This fortune comes from his career as a professional boxer. He is the first boxer in the world to earn more than $100 million. He received $7 million in 1980 for a match against Duran. In 1981, he got $11 million against Thomas Hearns. In 1989, he got $14 million in a rematch against Hearns. Part of his wealth also comes from appearing in the media.
Sugar Ray Leonard is considered one of the most popular boxers in the world. In his career, he has defeated big names and has involved in “Fight of the Year” on many occasions. In the 1975 PAN American Games, he won a Gold Medal in the Light Welterweight category. He is an Olympic Gold Medalist of the Welterweight division at the 1976 Montreal Games.